Do you remember the ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ run by an 80-year-old man Kanta Prasad, in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar that went viral on Social media a few weeks back?
On 8th October a video from ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ went viral on the internet. In the video, the owner of the Dhaba, Kanta Prasad, was seen with teary eyes crying that his income had been less than Rs. 100 rupees amid the worldwide pandemic. The video was shot by Gaurav Wasan and was uploaded on his official YouTube channel called Swad official. Towards the end of the video, Gaurav provided the exact location of the ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ and requested the residents of Delhi to help the elderly couple. He also asked people to help them financially by donating money.
As a result of that video, ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ went viral on the internet and was shared by a large number of people including some celebrities like Randeep Hooda, Raveena Tandon, and many more. The elderly couple received help not only in terms of an increased crowd outside their Dhaba but also in terms of online and offline donations by several people, celebrities, and organizations.
In the meantime, Lakshay Chaudhary, a new YouTuber enters into the game and claimed that the money collected in the form of donations never reached Kanta Prasad.
What did Lakshay Chaudhary say?
On 26th October Lakshay Chaudhary uploaded a video ‘JAAGO DONOR JAAGO’ on his official YouTube account. In the video, Lakshay has put some serious allegations on Gaurav Wasan. Lakshay has alleged that Gaurav Wasan ran an online campaign in the name of seeking some monetary or financial help for the old couple, however, he did not transfer the collected amount to them.
In his video, Lakshay Chaudhary has also said that Gaurav Wasan asked the donors to contact him and gave his bank account details for helping ‘Baba ka Dhaba’
Lakshay Chaudhary also explained that his suspicion on this online scamming increased when Gaurav Wasan said that he has only collected Rs. 2.25 lakhs as a donation for ‘Baba ka Dhaba’. He further added that, before the video went viral Gaurav Wasan had claimed that he had raised Rs. 1.75 lakhs for the elderly couple and after the video went viral he had collected Rs. 2.25 lakhs just a mere increase of Rs. 40,000-50,000, increases his suspicion.
Towards the end of the video, Lakshay Chaudhary has also asked Gaurav Wasan to make a new video showcasing the passbook details of the bank accounts in which he has received donations for ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’.
What did Kanta Prasad say?
In an interview with Lakshay Chaudhary, Kanta Prasad said that “I have not received any donation online. I have received financial assistance in the form of cash. I have even received a donation made by Amitabh Bachchan.”
Kanta Prasad also said that Gaurav Wasan asked him not to share his bank account details.
About Gaurav Wasan
Gaurav Wasan is a Delhi-based food and travel blogger. He mainly makes videos of the food-travel trend in and several areas around Delhi. Gaurav Wasan has 209K followers on his official Instagram handle. He also runs his YouTube channel called ‘Swad official’ with 249K subscribers.